Detox for the Season

During seasonal transitions clients are always interested in ways to “manage” the changes that coincide with a changing of the season.  Being a born and bred Wisconsin girl, I know that with the season change comes a number of factors to consider:

  1. What to wear
  2. Time to leave the house to get anywhere due to construction, snow, ice, rain, etc.
  3. What products I should be using to either bring moisture to my skin, or to give myself a tan or to protect myself from the sun, etc.
  4. Illnesses – prevention and/or dealing with an illness
  5. And the list could go on and on

One suggestion that I always hear my team members make to deal with the number of things above is to schedule a detoxing service at the beginning of each new season. By having a detox service, the body is able to better handle the large amount of changes that a new season brings. It essentially is a way to start fresh, clean slate and prepare your body and mind for the new things to come.

If you are someone who has a difficult time dealing with change then this is especially for you, but really a detox service can be even helpful for those who flow smoothly from one thing to the next.  One detox service that I highly recommend is our Cleansing Mud Steam Shower.  It is focused not just around physical detox but mental detox.

Cleansing Mud Steam Shower
While enjoying an Aura Cacia Inspiration infused essential oil steam, you will partake in a self-guided mud application.  You will be given Sedona Clay infused with Vitamin E., Grape seed, Bladderwrack, Irish Moss, and Sage Essential oils.  Begin your treatment by applying this magnesium and vitamin-rich mud blend to your body, then relax in the wet heat of the steam, and lastly remove the mud with the available shower.  When completed your skin will be left glowing and your mind will feel encouraged to be creative.

Try a  Cleansing Steam Shower
Try a
Cleansing Steam Shower

By partaking in a detox service such as our Cleansing Mud Steam Shower, you hit your internal reset button. If spa services don’t work for you, think about increasing your water intake and/or taking a hot yoga class. Just find something that can push out the old and allow for the new to come in.

Dana Neal – Spa Manager, Group Fitness Instructor and Seasonal Detox-er

Why 30 minutes early?

It is one of the questions we get asked the most, “Why do I need to arrive 30 minutes early for my appointment?”.  Upon scheduling an appointment for the first time, you will receive the instructions to arrive 30 minutes prior to the start time of your appointment.  Taking the hint from being asked the question multiple times, I decided to explain the reasoning behind the policy.  In the end it is our goal at Kneaded Relief to provide a first class experience, and we feel this feeds that experience.

Arriving Early…why?

    1. Intake Form: Our intake form is like no other out there.  At Kneaded Relief we provide anything but a cookie cutter service.  We tailor each and every session to your needs and we start this by getting an extensive background on your wellness on our intake form.  We then write S.O.A.P. (Subjective, Objective, Assessment, Plan) notes following each appointment so that regardless of whom you see each time, we are able to customize your service to what your requests are and what each therapist has seen and worked on.
    2. Amenities:  Upon arrival, guests are offered robes and sandals to change into (we do not offer robes to clients solely receiving nail services or waxing services due to the nature of the service).  Our robes and sandals are meant to start you along your journey to pure relaxation.  It also allows you to take less time having to change in and out of your clothes within our treatment rooms (if the service requires this), so there is more time on the table.  We also have a locker room available with a shower, restroom facilities and product amenities.
    3. Relaxation Retreat (and this is probably my favorite reason):  Kneaded Relief provides a heavenly retreat to utilize before your service.  Filled with comfy chairs, a couch, water, tea, snacks and magazines, this space immediately relieves any stress or frustrations you might be carrying.  The view overlooks a serene prairie and waterfall and you are immediately transported to another world (even though you are just steps outside Madison).

      View from Relaxation Retreat
      View from Relaxation Retreat

I understand that 30 minutes early (especially before a waxing service) can seem a little crazy to arrive for an appointment, but I promise you that by giving yourself that time you are allowing your body and mind some much “kneaded” wellness, and your experience here will be that much more enjoyable.

Dana Neal – Spa Manager, Guest Service Rep and Fan of arriving early for my appointments

Natural Psoriasis Treatment

Now available at Kneaded Relief is our Unscented Dead Sea Salts.  Available in an 8oz bag ($6.96) and a 2lb ($19.00) container these salts are known for their ability to help with Psoriasis, and can provide relief for a number of other things that the body has going on because of their detoxing quality.  Below is some information about the salts along with some treatments for Psoriasis.  Enjoy!

Dead Sea Salt  Natural Psoriasis Treatment
Dead Sea Salt
Natural Psoriasis Treatment

Natural, unprocessed Dead Sea Salts differ from regular sea salts because they contain a very high percentage of beneficial minerals that can be absorbed through the skin. Just to give you an idea of how they differ from common seal salts, salts from the Pacific Ocean typically consist of 98 – 99% sodium chloride, Dead Sea Salt contains only 5% sodium chloride, the rest of the salt is made up of beneficial minerals such as magnesium & potassium. When Dead Sea Salts are added to bath water, or used in other treatments such as wraps, these minerals can be absorbed through the skin. The minerals work in a variety of ways to improve skin health, speed healing, relieve itching and reduce redness.

Several studies have been conducted to test the effectiveness of Dead Sea Salt in treating Psoriasis. These studies have shown that a high percentage of psoriasis sufferers benefit from a regular treatment program using Dead Sea Salt.
It is very important to consider mineral content when purchasing Dead Sea salt. Many of the Dead Sea salts on the market today have been processed, mineral depleted, or blended with another salt to produce a product that is low in mineral content. Minera® brand Dead Sea Salts are imported directly from the southern region of the Dead Sea where purity and mineral content is at its highest. Mineral content is continually tested to ensure you only receive salt with the highest mineral values.

Knowing this information regarding the Dead Sea Salts here are a few treatments for psoriasis that we recommend.

In the Bath Tub – Use for widespread symptoms
Phase 1: Wash body and hair with preferred products before bathing. Simply add 2 – 3lbs (6-8 cups) of salt to a warm running bath, when the salt has dissolved slip in and relax for approximately 20 minutes. Take 3 baths per week for 2 – 4 weeks. Rinse or shower with fresh water after bathing.
Phase 2: After symptoms subside, reduce to a maintenance level. This is different for everyone – try 1 bath per week using the same process as phase 1.

Foot Bath/arm bath – Use for symptoms on the extremities
Phase 1: Use a foot spa, bowl or anything clean and watertight. Fill the bath with warm water. Use approximately 8oz (1.5 cups) of salt per 5 gallons of water. Ensure the salt has dissolved then submerge the affected area in the water for approx. 20mins. Take 3 baths per week for 2 – 4 weeks. Rinse or shower with fresh water after bathing.
Phase 2: After symptoms subside, reduce to a maintenance level. This is different for everyone – try 1 bath per week using the same process as phase 1.

Body Wrap – Use for localized symptoms
Phase 1: Dissolve 8oz of salt in 2 – 3 gallons of warm water, when the salt has fully dissolved saturate a small to medium sized towel with the salted water. Cover the affected area of skin with the towel for 20mins. Repeat 3 times per week for 2 – 4 weeks. Rinse or shower with fresh water after use.
Phase 2: After symptoms subside, reduce to a maintenance level. This is different for everyone – try 1 wrap per week using the same process as phase 1.

Healing Properties: The following list details some healing properties of the minerals found in Dead Sea Salt

Magnesium: Aids sleep and relaxation promotes quick healing of skin tissue and provides the skin’s surface with anti-allergic elements, essential for cell metabolism.

Bromide: Soothes skin, relaxes body muscles, and calms nerves.

Iodine: Important for the correct functioning of the thyroid gland and aids in the body’s metabolic exchanges.

Sulfur: A natural disinfectant (constituent of certain vitamins). Known as a powerful detoxifying agent, as it works closely with the liver to rid the body of toxins.

Potassium: Helps balance moisture in the skin and body, aiding in the reduction of water retention and in the nourishment of cells. Potassium also regulates the nervous system.

Calcium: An essential mineral, known to strengthen bones and teeth. Also strengthens cell membranes and cleanses pores.

Sodium: Relieves stiffness and muscle cramps. Sodium is also a powerful detoxifying agent, helping cells retain nourishment and expel waste.

Zinc: When applied topically zinc is known to boost the immune system. Internally, it is a key factor in enzymatic regulation of cell proliferation.

Secrets of Honey

As I glanced over my calendar for this month I noticed, albeit a bit late, that September is National Honey Month. An ingredient we generally associate with food and a hungry Pooh-bear from our childhood stories, honey harbors many secret uses. It is an interesting substance; one that doesn’t go bad, it has probiotic, antibacterial, and hydrating properties, in addition to being incredibly healing. This makes it an ideal overall health booster, and this blog post discusses some lesser-known uses of this incredible substance!
My sister and brother-in-law raise bees on 40-acres in the Driftless Region of Wisconsin. Their bees are “free-range”, meaning the bees have pick of whatever type of flower they choose. Whether the honeysuckle, buckwheat or lavender is in bloom they are welcome to drink their fill of nectar from the blossoms. Bee’s return to their hives with a tummy-full of nectar and store it in honeycomb for later consumption. Whatever type of nectar the bee consumes influences the color, taste, aroma and properties of the honey stored. Once extracted from the comb for human consumption, honey will either be pasteurized, similar to the process used on conventional milk, or marketed as ‘raw’ honey. Raw honey sometimes has a crystallized look, and has many benefits to the body, internal and external. Raw honey retains potent healing properties that processed honey will lack. I highly recommend using raw, local, and organic honey all the time, but especially when it is being used for its healing properties.
I love body products. I always have. Whether bought at the corner store or the farmer’s market, I can’t get enough. Working at Kneaded Relief has encouraged me to delve deeper into this interest. As I realized it was National Honey Month, I remembered my sister telling me that she uses their honey for just about everything—including skin care! Honey has antibacterial properties which make it a gentle treatment for acne, whether using it on challenging areas or as a whole face cleanser. The nourishing properties of honey help to encourage skin regeneration and plump up aging skin. It is also a humectant, meaning that it absorbs moisture from the air and encourages skin to soak it up. Hydrating our bodies, inside and out, is hugely important to our overall health.
Here at Kneaded Relief, we recently added Farmhouse Fresh Products. Farmhouse Fresh focuses on using natural, sustainably harvested ingredients. We feature a product of theirs called Honey Heel Glaze, which they describe as a “honey-based moisture serum [that] seals in moisture and brings rich color back to tired feet.” Using a brush to apply it, the Honey Heel Glaze sinks into your feet and heals cracked, dry skin. So far it has been hugely popular at Kneaded Relief with both clients and staff!

Farmhouse Fresh Honey Heel Glaze
Farmhouse Fresh
Honey Heel Glaze

Try experimenting with honey. Below I’ve included two different masks that include honey, but be creative and remember honey on its own nourishes and heals. It is a cost effective, healthy, and edible (!) ingredient that supports healthy skin. Whether you are battling dry or acne prone skin, or simply want to glow try adding honey into your skin care routine. Yum!
Acne Prone/Spot Treatment-
This mask is great to use once weekly on acne prone skin, or as a spot treatment. However, cinnamon can be strong so I recommend trying a bit on the back of your hand before using on sensitive facial skin.
Mix 3 teaspoons raw honey and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Apply to face, let rest 20 minutes and rinse off with warm water. For a real spa experience, microwave a damp towel for 90 seconds and let sit over face. Inhale the delicious fumes and enjoy before rinsing with warm water.
Calming Sensitive Skin Mask-
Use this mask anytime to help reduce redness and dry skin.
Mix 2 teaspoons raw honey and 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel. Smooth over face and enjoy the cool calmness! Rinse with warm water.

Tara Coberly-Horrall – Guest Service Representative and Honey Enthusiast

PCA vs. Cetaphil

PCA Retinols and Pigment Gels
PCA Retinols and Pigment Gels

This past Monday I was lucky enough to be part of an educational class on PCA.  PCA is a clinical esthetic line that we have included in our facial treatments and retail lines at Kneaded Relief.  Going into it I was thrilled to be learning about all of the amazing attributes of PCA, and in fact that is exactly what I got out of it.  PCA is a clinical esthetic line with rigorous research and science behind it.  PCA develops safe, highly effective products that deliver healthy, beautiful skin, and they do this while maintaining a deep respect for human health and the environment.  Their products are free of synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrances, mineral oil, lanolin, petrolatum, phthalates and parabens,  One thing though that I was not expecting to get from the class was this crazy fact, “5 out of 8 of Cetaphil’s ingredients are known to be potentially toxic.  With 3 of the ingredients on the dirty dozen list.”.  WHAT??

Cetaphil is a commonly used facial product found in your local drug store.  The reason it became a topic of conversation at our class was because most clients when listing what they use at home say Cetaphil as one of the products.  Cetaphil is recommended due to its non-irritating nature and with just 8 ingredients it would seem that it would be harmless, especially when looking at all of the available products on the shelves these days.  If you are like me I was very surprised that something so simple could be potentially harmful.  What I am taking from this information is that Estheticians have been trained on what works for your skin and that when they recommend products (though they might be pricier), I should hear their recommendations and consider that purchase vs. going to my local drug store.  Now back to PCA…

PCA is formulated with ingredients found naturally in the skin and body for maximum biocompatibility.  These ingredients are used in conjunction with best-in-class support and delivery vehicles to ensure optimum results.  Also, their broad spectrum SPF products are recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation (and they feel amazing, if I do say so myself – nothing like other SPF’s out there).

PCA Brightening Retinol
PCA Brightening Retinol

My challenge then for you as the consumer is to call us and schedule a FREE Skin Consultation with one of our talented Estheticians.  Let them know specifically what you would like to see improvement in (Aging, Hyperpigmentation, Acne, Sensitivity), and they will recommend products that are directed to these things in particular, along with a facial schedule that will give you maximum results combined with at-home care.

Dana Neal – Spa Manager, Group Fitness Instructor, Surprised Consumer

Team Based System – The Kneaded Relief Difference

Kneaded Relief Day Spa & Wellness is a Team Based System Company. So what does that mean for our team and for you the guest? All employees of Kneaded Relief Day Spa & Wellness are paid an hourly wage. We do not pay commission, not on service sales and not on product sales.

What this means for our team members:
Regardless if the therapist is working with a guest or not, they are being compensated.
There is no competition between therapists.
Therapists don’t feel the need to hold on to their guests because guests don’t equal income.
Team members can make recommendations based on what the guest needs, not on what is the most expensive.
Team members help each other in a variety of ways. Our team is encouraged to mentor, coach and build strong relationships with one another. They support one another for the well-being of the individuals and the company.
TBS provides a steady stream of income and allows for Kneaded Relief to provide benefits such as insurance, Simple IRA’s, and vacation time. It also helps team members when making large purchases such as a home or car.

What this means for our guests:
Unlike other spas, we practice the highest form of team service.
The specialized skills of our entire team are available to you on each and every visit.
We don’t lock you into one service provider…because not every service provider is a master of all skills. We actually encourage our guests to try someone else.
Recommendations received are based on what is truly the best product or service for you.
If your favorite service provider is busy we will give a recommendation on another therapist to see in the interim so that you can stay on your wellness schedule.

So next time you step into Kneaded Relief see if you can feel the difference. Team Based System gives our team the ability to learn and grow and to focus on what is most important; which is YOU our guest.